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Research project shows value of school resource officers

A team at the Purdue Homeland Security Institute at Purdue University has been conducting research to find ways to improve public safety at secondary schools. Their research is looking at ways to slow down an active shooter, who may be targeting people at a secondary school. The data the team collected so far indicates having a school resource officer is valuable.

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Fighting the summer slump? More schools try year-round classes

It's mid-September, and most schools have barely begun classes, but students at Rosa Parks Elementary School are getting ready for vacation. Fall break for the Portland, Oregon, elementary school starts on Sept. 22 and runs for three weeks.

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In Utah, teachers can carry guns into school and not tell anyone

Carrying concealed weapons in public schools is a right protected by law for permit holders in Utah, and teachers who carry firearms are not required to inform school administrators of the existence of their weapons. 

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Fact or fiction: Video games are the future of education

Video games are playing an increasing role in school curricula as teachers seek to deliver core lessons such as math and reading—not to mention new skills such as computer programming—in a format that holds their students’ interests. 

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In Camden, two schools, one building

Despite criticism that Camden's first co-location could become a physical embodiment of "haves" and "have-nots," the hallways look nearly identical, classrooms appear similarly stocked, and administrators in both schools say they are working together to prevent any feelings of segregation.

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Don't let concussions ruin young lives

Young people are often too willing to take risks, which is why state legislatures and sports organizations must be more aggressive in ensuring the safety of student athletes. A high school game may seem all important to its participants, but adults know better — and they are required to act on that knowledge.

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Urban trauma obstructs a school child's ability to learn

Tragically, violence, hunger, homelessness and abuse have become an unfortunate way of life for far too many students living in cities. Unfortunately, there are not enough programs to effectively treat PTSD suffered by public school students and their parents. Public education policy ignores the reality that many urban students have difficulty learning because of ongoing PTSD.

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A union call to scale back school testing

While standardized tests have long been a part of public education, until recently, they’ve never been mistaken for its point and purpose. These tests are not meant to help teachers monitor student progress and tailor lessons. Instead, standardized tests are increasingly used as the single measure by which we judge the success of a school, staff quality and the learning of its students.

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Weed-smoking teens 60 percent less likely to finish high school, study says

According to a new set of studies, teenagers who smoke pot daily are 60 percent less likely than non-users to finish high school. The studies of adolescent cannabis use also show that daily users under age 17 were seven times more likely to attempt suicide and eight times more likely to use illegal drugs at some point in their lives.

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Parents support strong school food standards, study finds

A majority of parents said they support government school nutrition standards in place, according to a study by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Heart Association. The study found 72 percent of parents of school-age children supported strong school nutrition standards while 75 percent think salt should be limited.

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